Most Filipinos are familiar with the character Juan Tamad: a
fictional character who's so lazy, he just lays under a guava tree,
waiting for gravity to drop the fruit to him.
PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association) revives this character with a
modern-day twist through Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at ang Limang Milyong
Boto. It will be staged at the PETA Theater Center in Quezon City from October
24 and 25.
This hilarious vaudeville musical play shows the transformation of an apathetic
Juan Tamad to a pro-active Juan Tama. Through song-and-dance numbers,
theater audiences will be entertained as well as educated about the importance of
the electoral process. In fact, one segment of the two-act play thoroughly
explains the registration process for first-time voters.
It also presents a satirical view of characters often seen during the
elections, which is depicted in the play as one big carnival.
SYNOPSIS. Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at ang Limang
Milyong Boto is set in the fictional land of Isla Filiminimon. It centers
on Juan Tamad (nicknamed JT), a young boy who's a virgin. A virgin voter, that
is. Since his parents are overseas workers based in the remote, sandy island of
Isla Agimat, JT is being raised by his grandmother.
With the presidential elections drawing near, his grandmother pushes JT to
register and vote for the next leader to sit in the Palasyong Bato. While
performing his duty as a citizen, JT meets a young girl who makes him realize
that patience is truly a virtue.
On election day, candidates have their own gimiks to entice voters. The
fiesta-like atmosphere is heightened by a samba dance number that asks viewers
not to sell their votes to unscrupulous politicians. The cast members even tap
audiences to come up onstage and dance along with them.
JT becomes frustrated when his candidate loses, causing him to become apathetic
to the situation of the country. But when an accident almost kills his
grandmother, he gets a wake-up call to become more involved in youth community
Written by Vincent De Jesus for first-time voters, Juan Tamad
hopes to encourage the youth not only to register by the end of October but
more importantly to participate as vigilant young citizens who will ensure good
governance after the elections by continuing to demand the best from their
At the end of this month, five million youth voters are
expected to register for the 2010 elections. Those five million virgin votes,
combined with the nine million already registered youth voters, have the power to
swing the course of the national elections and eventually the entire Philippine
The play Juan Tamad is actually part of the voter's education campaign
of PETA dubbed as Casting Call: The Virgin Voter's Campaign, "I Want My First
Vote to Count." This campaign is
accompanied by Bagong Bilang, a workshop performance by PETA's youth arm to be
conducted in various schools and communities as part of the voters' education
campaign. The workshop engages the youth in discussions on the importance of
the elections and citizens' participation, while giving criteria for choosing
The performance schedule of Si Juan Tamad, Ang
Diyablo at ang Limang Milyong Boto
are as follows: October 24 and 25
2:30 pm and 7:30 pm at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila,
Tickets are priced at P300 each. For ticket reservations or more information,
contact PETA Marketing at 725-6244 or 410-0821, 0917-8044428, firstname.lastname@example.org